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July 16, 2018

Family Business Awards to partner with sector’s national flagship awards

Family Business Awards to partner with sector’s national flagship awards
The Midlands Family Business Awards is joining forces with one of the country’s leading awards initiatives for the family business sector.
The new partnership brings together the Midlands’ only independent awards for family run firms and the national Family Business of the Year Awards that are organised by the voice of the UK’s family business community, Family Business United (FBU), and are run by champion of the family business sector, Paul Andrews.
For family firms entering the Midlands Family Business Awards, the partnership will deliver even more profile-raising opportunities and the chance to connect with like-minded individuals, as Charlotte Perkins, MD of The Midlands Family Business Awards organisers, The Wilson Organisation, explains:
“Through the partnership with Paul and FBU, finalists in the Midlands Family Business Awards will gain recognition not only across the region, but now also on a national scale.
“If they wish to be shortlisted, all the businesses reaching the final stage of the Midlands awards will be given automatic entry into the regional finals of FBU’s Family Business of the Year Awards, along with any relevant industry and market sector categories, such as the Awards’ Manufacturing, Food & Drink, and Retail awards.
“We hope Midlands-based family firms will take the opportunity to not only shine a light on their work and achievements by entering the sector’s top Awards in the region, but will also embrace this additional incentive to gain even further recognition on a national stage.
“The partnership will give the region’s family businesses a fantastic opportunity to widen the spotlight on their outstanding work, raise their profile, and offers them the chance to join and connect with a broader community of family-run firms.”
The Midlands Family Business Awards’ partnership with FBU replicates Paul Andrews’ successful affiliation with Cumbria Family Business Awards.
“We closely watched FBU’s partnership with the Cumbrian awards earlier this year, and can see it has worked really well, so our partnership will operate in a very similar way,” says Charlotte.
“We will make the process as easy as possible by managing the entries of winners that wish to be involved in FBU’s Awards, by using the same submission form for the Midlands Family Business Awards,” she adds.
Nationally recognised for his work with and support of the family business sector, Paul Andrews will join the independent judging panel of the Midlands Family Business Awards, and in turn, Charlotte Perkins will judge a region and category of the FBU Family Business of the Year Awards.
Charlotte adds: “As a completely independent, not-for-profit awards showcase, our focus is always on celebrating the success and achievements of family businesses across the Midlands and recognising their important contribution to both the UK and Midlands’ economies.
“The partnership will afford family businesses in the region even more exposure and gives us a chance to play an even greater role in raising the understanding, profile and awareness of the incredible work and achievements of all family owned and run firms, and the contribution of the family business sector.”
Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United adds, “We are delighted to join forces with the Midlands Family Business Awards and see this as a real opportunity to shine more light on a great region and to support Charlotte and the team with their ongoing awards programme.
“The national awards culminate in an evening in London each June, where there is a real appreciation of the diversity and strength of family firms across the UK. With the support of Cumbria and now the Midlands, each year the event gets better and better.
“Awards give the families in business a real opportunity to shout about what they do,” he adds. “Family firms are undoubtedly the engine room of the UK economy, generating income, employment and wealth, and the Midlands is no exception.  We are truly excited about the partnership and looking forward to meeting some fantastic family firms from the Midlands in due course.”
There is just over a week left to make submissions before the entry deadline of the Midlands Family Business Awards 2018 closes at midnight on the 27th July. Entries are free of charge with ten categories to choose from, and can be made via the Awards website.
For further details or help with entering the Awards, contact: Ped Briggs email:  pbriggs@wilorg.com T: 0115 942 0111.

Over 100 years of innovation

  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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